Provisional Ministers

The provisional license is the equivalent of a local church license, but is granted by the denomination rather than by a local church. It is especially useful for ministers transferring to us from other groups, and for church planters. The license is granted by the Pastoral Ministry Leadership Team, with the expectation that the person pursue ordination or a specialized ministry license. The license must be renewed annually.

Requirements:

  • Must be recommended for this license by the bishop.
  • Must go through an examination process with the Pastoral Ministry Leadership Team–answering questions, soliciting reference letters, and submitting educational transcripts.
  • Must take the United Brethren history course.
  • Must pursue a course of study leading toward a Master of Divinity degree or a Master of Ministry degree through an approved seminary, or courses to meet the 24 areas of study outlined in the Pastoral Ministry Handbook.
  • Must report annually to the bishop.

Provisional ministers may be granted a National Conference license when these conditions have been met:

  • They have held the provisional license for at least one year.
  • They have completed the equivalent of two years of college.
  • They have completed the United Brethren church history course.
  • They have met the requirements for national conference license.

Provisional ministers may be granted a specialized ministry license when these conditions have been met:

  • They have held the provisional license for at least a year.
  • They have completed 30 semester hours of college level work in their field of specialization, including a minimum of 12 hours of Bible.
  • They have completed the United Brethren church history course.

Read more about the Provisional license in the Pastoral Ministry Handbook.